53 shells into this knit and I finally gave in to the rising panic and took a few minutes to figure out how these shells get joined together and more importantly, how long it will take me to do that.
Turns out, it's both better and worse than I thought. Better because you are picking up stitches on both sides of a shell and then using three-needle bindoff to join them (therefore the only seaming will be a few slipped stitches in each corner.) That's a huge relief.
Worse because my current pace is 15-20 minutes per single join and you need to join all four sides of each piece. I am simply not brave enough to calculate the total number of joins at this point for the total number of hours involved.
However, a little mystery in a joining is always a good thing, right? I think I'll put something about that in my wedding advice to the happy couple. "What God has joined together..."